Chesterton Tribune

Work continues on list of stormwater bond projects

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell and Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg have yet to finalize a list of projects for a proposed bond issue later this year.

But at the Stormwater Management Board’s meeting Monday night, they presented their work-in-progress to members.

The list as it stands now:

•A lift station to pump stormwater from the 11th Street alley behind Val’s Pizza to a stormwater line located south of the site.

•A similar lift station to do the same thing from an alley further south on 11th Street.

•A stormwater basin on Lincoln Ave.

•Remedying high-water issues in the Western Acres subdivision.

•Repairing 800 feet of stormwater sewer pipe on 23rd Street.

•A project in the 1000 block of Park Ave.

•Covering the open ditch on the north side of West Porter Ave. between 19th and 23rd streets.

•Doing the same to an open ditch along 1100N east of CVS.

•Work on a ditch and culverts in the Morningside subdivision.

•Remedying flooding along 11th Street by Chesterton High School.

•Work on a ditch in the CSX right-of-way.

•Work on the Pope O’Connor Ditch in the area of 1100N.

•Remedying high-water issues along Gladys Lane in the Westchester South subdivision.

•Installing best management practices at the compost site in Crocker.

O’Dell emphasized that this list is tentative, that he has not completed cost estimates, and that it’s likely that a stormwater bond issue in the contemplated amount of $835,000 would be enough to fund all the projects on the list.

The final payment on the last stormwater bond—issued in 2000—was made in December 2010. The board intends to limit any new issue to the same amount, $835,000, so as not to impact the property-tax rate.

New Municipal Facility

In other business, O’Dell asked members to drive by the new municipal facility at 1490 Broadway when they have a chance, to see whether they would like to take a crack at prettifying the two detention ponds on site with the addition of $800 or so worth of river rock.

“It’s kind of ugly,” O’Dell noted, but a layer of river rock would effectively cover the muddy bottom of the ponds.

“Part of the idea to make it aesthetically pleasing but also to add some rain-garden features to it,” MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala added.

Outreach

Meanwhile, Gadzala reported that the Stormwater Utility will have a presence at this year’s edition of Bark in the Park, July 16 in Thomas Centennial Park, where 400 dog-waste bag dispensers—attachable to leashes—will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gadzala also reported that a special program for third-graders at the Discovery Charter School on May 26 proved a huge success. “The kids had a fantastic time,” she said. The program was held in conjunction with the Town of Porter and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

May in Review

In May the Stormwater Utility ran a deficit of $6,027 and in the year-to-date is running a deficit of $12,519.

 

 

Posted 6/21/2011